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Name Whip
Skill Maces & Flails
Damage 6
Accuracy +2
Base delay (%) 11 (110%)
Min delay 5 at skill 12
Hands 1H
Size Medium
Ranged? No
A long plaited strip of leather. Originally developed for use in disagreements with cattle, this simple weapon is now widely used to settle differences between all sorts of creatures.
This weapon falls into the 'Maces & Flails' category. It is a one handed weapon.

Whips are one of the better early game weapons for Maces & Flails characters; they have excellent attack speed even when your skill is low, are easy to find off of kobolds and other early humanoids, and they can carry some very powerful brands. When your weapon skill rises higher, you will eventually want to upgrade to a mace or better to take advantage of the higher base damage, but a whip is a very respectable option early on.

Mundane Bullwhip.png
Magical Bullwhip2.png
Artifact Bullwhip3.png
Snakebite Whip snakebite.png


Prior to 0.14, whips could possess the reaching brand.

In earlier versions of the game, whips did as little as 4 damage and had 12 base delay, which made them close to worthless.

Axes BattleaxeBroad axeExecutioner's axeHand axeWar axe
Maces & Flails ClubDemon whipDire flailEveningstarFlailGiant clubGiant spiked clubGreat maceMace (Hammer) • MorningstarSacred scourgeWhip
Long Blades Demon bladeDouble swordEudemon bladeFalchionGreat swordLong swordScimitarTriple sword
Polearms BardicheDemon tridentGlaiveHalberd (Scythe) • SpearTridentTrishula
Ranged Weapons ArbalestHand crossbowLongbowShortbowSlingTriple crossbow
Short Blades DaggerQuick bladeRapierShort sword
Staves LajatangMagical staffQuarterstaff
Throwing BoomerangDartJavelinLarge rockStoneThrowing net